With the inevitable implementation of duty on chocolate a scheme is being launched to cancel the levy for lucky individuals. This has been dubbed the Chocolate Tax Exemption Certificate and will come with a swipe card to use at checkouts. Although the tax is unlikely to be introduced in the coming budget, with growing support in both houses of parliament the swipe card technology is being pioneered now. The card will be available at the discretion of your GP. As one NHS official, a Mr B. Jam explained emerging from a meeting with Alistair Darling yesterday, â€œThe antioxidant benefit of chocolate may outweigh the risk of obesity in some chronic conditions, such as asthma. One cannot underestimate the damage caused by the free radical in the bronchial tractâ€.
The card will be available after 22nd April to the first 1000 acceptable applicants for the pilot scheme, which will prove most welcome if the tax is actually introduced.
However those not participating in the pilot scheme may still be able to claim their tax exemption at a later date.